Rusev vs. Randy Orton
The rubber match of a very odd feud.
The Road to Hell in a Cell
Coming off a pair of rivalries he technically lost, Randy Orton needed something to do... and someone to beat.
Enter Rusev, with a fresh round of “backstage heat” rumors and yet another loss to John Cena on his record. Hey, at least The Viper and The Bulgarian Brute could bond over being booked into some of 2017’s weirdest/worst gimmick matches!
The gimmick for their rivalry has been extremely short matches. At SummerSlam, after a pre-match attack from The Bulgarian Brute, Orton made shockingly quick work of Rusev with - what else- a RKO out of nowhere.
Lana’s man would repay the favor a few weeks later, taking advantage of his new buddy Aiden English pushing Randy in a surprisingly competitive loss, RuRu snuck in and earned a fast pinfall himself off a boot to the face:
You would think a decisive victory like that would redeem Rusev in the eyes of his fellow Bulgarians - and it was! Unfortunately, more embarrassment was headed his way courtesy of The Apex Predator...
Momentum stayed with Orton the following week when he again defeated English and proved too savvy to fall for another follow-up assault by Rusev. So reverse momentum theory looks good for the once and future Pride of Plovdiv... will the booking committee agree?
What’s at stake?
Bragging rights in this rivalry and, in theory, a move up the SmackDown LIVE ladder.
In reality, it’s hard to see either man breaking out of their current role. Randy just got done with his bi-annual tour of the main event scene, a run which earned him his 13th world title run. Even there, the 37 year old was used as a name for other players to make theirs against, and that’s probably the right job for him at this point.
Despite the many internet fans who look at Rusev and see an entertaining, athletic big man who should be at the top of the card, it’s clear WWE likes him as a mid-carder who can swing from comedy to intensity. Win or lose, this is his position.
But there’s only one way to find out, and that’s to keep watching.
At least with this feud, you can count on not having to watch the actual matches for very long.
Who will win?
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